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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 87:1-7
John 10:22-30

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"i do"

"You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep hear My voice. I know them." —John 10:26-27

Many people are waiting for God to reveal Himself to them by doing great works or giving them special spiritual experiences. However, the Lord has already revealed Himself through His incarnation, death, and resurrection. He has loved us faithfully and perfectly every moment of our lives.

Now it's time for us to respond. We must totally commit ourselves to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Savior, Lord, and God. Then we will be Jesus' sheep, believe in His works (Jn 10:25-26), and hear His voice (Jn 10:27).

Before we can deeply believe in His works, we must believe in Jesus, the Worker. Before we can fully hear His words, we must love Jesus, Who is the Word. Jesus said: "Whoever is of God hears every word God speaks. The reason you do not hear is that you are not of God" (Jn 8:47).

Jesus called Himself the Bridegroom (Mk 2:19). Living with Jesus is like the covenanted relationship of a marriage. During courtship, Jesus will "go out" with us for a little while, but soon we must decide to marry Him. If not, we will never get close to Him, believe in Him deeply, or communicate with Him on a very personal level. Make a covenant with Jesus. Give all of your life to Him. Say "I do."

Prayer:  Jesus, I take You "for better or for worse." I love You forever.

Promise:  "It was in Antioch that the disciples were called Christians for the first time." —Acts 11:26

Praise:  Jenny, an atheist, finally heard the voice of her Shepherd and was baptized before her death.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God or on audio AV 43-1 or video V-43.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, XXX 11, 2011

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